Megan Dowsett is a freelance creative consultant working with museums and galleries.

Through the name Norris and the Flamingo, she shares the sense of adventure that runs through all of life, wherever we are on our journey. A sense of imagination, of possibility and discovery, for children and adults alike.

Her core values come down to two simple things:

People: At the heart of everything she does, people are there – be it audiences of any age or background, volunteers, staff or freelancers and apprentices. She believes that the best projects take everybody with them on a learning journey.

Creativity: In every role she’s taken, creativity has played a key priority. Working in Museums and Galleries, creativity brings a valuable opportunity to think about the same things in a different way.

Museums and galleries are the perfect place to bring the joy of discovery and magic of adventure to everyone who passes through the doors - and to invite those who haven't yet braved these sometimes intimidating buildings, to do so in a dynamic and inviting way.

Over twelve years working in these exciting settings, Megan has developed extensive experience in both managing and delivering creative projects that engage with a wide variety of audiences.

23 October 2010

Recycling in Pisco

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Pisco was destroyed by an Earthquake in 2007. Three years later, its streets are still broken by holes and heaps of rubble as, piece by piece, people attempt to rebuild their homes. I spent a week with Pisco Sin Fronteras, an enormous team of volunteers who are doing their bit towards the reconstruction. I quickly realised I could be more useful with the children of the 'Ludateca' than by trying to learn to build a house within a week. And so I pooled my recycling imagination, begged, borrowed and stole plastic bottles and bags from all the volunteers and worked with the children to make braided jewellery and woven pots.
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14 October 2010

From the Sketchbook - Huascaran National Park, Peru

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Playing with everything in my pencilcase, to capture the (or try) the magic of the mountains.

From the Sketchbook - Mancora, Peru

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Watercolours are not my medium. Water is not my theme. Still, when confronted by the crashing turquoise surf waves of Mancora, I can't help but try to capture that moment ...

3 October 2010

Painting Quilotoa

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Arriving at the remote outpost of Quiotoa, we found ourselves accommodation in one of the cluster of hostels that comprises the 'village', overlooking an exquisite crater lake. Gathering around the fire in the family's house for warmth, the (many) children were absorbed by my sketchbook, and thrilled when I opened my paint set and offered them a go. I was excited by the familiarity with which they painted the green lake and local mountains, as a child from London might paint Big Ben or the London Eye. I eventually re-aquired my paint box and pencil case many hours later ...
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From the Sketchbook: Pre-Colombian Monsters

I've become a little obsessed by monsters! Fascinated by the chararcters in Cartagena's Museo del Oro, and then by the stone statues of San Agustin, which I've continued to find in various forms through Ecuador, I've been playing around with creating my own. I'm sure Maurice Sendak visited South America before creating Where the Wild Things Are! And I'm afraid now, my own creations try to mimic Guayasamin's expressive inkiness ...